Small Farms Update

Small Farms Program Welcomes New Staff

Small farms are a growing audience across the Northeast, and the Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce we are greatly expanding our educational services and support to small and beginning farmers with the addition of two new staff.

Thanks to a recent grant award from the USDA, we are excited to welcome aboard Michelle Striney, to work with Erica Frenay on the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. Michelle comes to us with a full and diverse background that includes a professional gardeners’ degree from Longwood Gardens, farmers’ market experience, landscape design and project management. She is finishing her thesis for a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at Cornell.

We are also thrilled to welcome Matthew Goldfarb, who comes to us from the Farm Institute in Massachusettes where he served as director for 5 years. He began his career in farm-based education and sustainable food production and distribution systems in 1994.  Since then he has studied and worked within this field in a number of positions including: the design and management of diversified farms, consulting work with farms and farm-education organizations, teaching high school biology and agriculture, academic work in Rural Sociology, and completing his MBA from Babson College with a focus on entrepreneurship and creativity. In his new position, Matthew will be focusing on small dairy and livestock issues and conducting much needed small farms research.

Facebook, Twitter for Beginning Farmers

The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is proud to announce our introduction into the social networking realm!  Please visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Northeast-Beginning-Farmer-Project/194847584903) and become a fan, subscribe to our blog at the NY Beginning Farmers website (www.nybeginningfarmers.org), or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/BeginningFarms).  These outlets will offer up news, informational resources, sources of support, and tips for the beginning and diversifying farmer, as well as for those who provide support to this audience. Check in frequently for updates on events, topical articles, new videos and much, much more. If you are a service providers and would like us to feature a resource or event offered by your organization, please contact Erica at ejf5@cornell.edu or Michelle at mls266@cornell.edu

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